It’s not too uncommon for residents to see a Black Bear roaming along Bishop Crossing Road this time of year.
But on Wednesday morning, one did more than attack a bird feeder. The Plainfield Animal Control officer says it took a small lamb from a chain link enclosure which it destroyed.
Neighbor Noah White saw a black bear that same night on that same road.
“All of a sudden the yellow line was blocked,” said White. “I couldn’t see what was there and I was like where’d the line go and I was looking. Sure enough there’s a huge black bear.”
He later shot video which shows a dark figure to the left of a recycling bin when the bear went up a driveway. It’s hard to see but a still shot shows the black bear a little more clearly.
“Ahh looked at me a few times and just went up this driveway here,” said White. “Went by the recyclable bin kind of went around it.”
The bear then went into the next door neighbor’s yard and the owner tells News 8 he grabbed a trash can and dragged it across the lawn. He went through all of the trash and found a package of peeps. He opened them and ate them.
He also got into a bird feeder knocking off the top cover.
“Just within this few mile radius it sounds like someone recently saw two cubs maybe with this bear,” said White.
One of White’s friends forwarded him a picture of a bear on nearby Butts Bridge Road in Canterbury.
The Plainfield ACO has these tips to avoid attracting bears to your property.
– Remove bird feeders from your yard
– Tightly secure trash containers
– Refrain from feeding pets outdoors
– Thoroughly clean your grill after each use
– Consider locking up livestock at night with an electric or reinforced wire fence
“I just went over a plan with the kids to make sure if they saw the bear what to do and if it had cubs that’s the part you really got to be concerned about,” said White.
Plainfield Animal Control is working with the state DEEP, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, to try to locate the bear.
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